Rapper Coolio, who sang “Gangsta’s Paradise,” died at age 59.
According to his buddy and manager Jarez Posey, Coolio, a rapper from the 1990s who had successes including “Gangsta’s Paradise” and “Fantastic Voyage,” has passed away. He was 59.
Posey said that Coolio passed away on Wednesday afternoon
The events’ specifics weren’t immediately known. Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department stated that about 4 p.m. local time, reports of a medical emergency were received on the 2900 block of South Chesapeake Avenue. When they got there, they discovered a man who wasn’t breathing, so they started doing “resuscitation attempts for around 45 minutes.”
Just before 5:00 p.m., the patient’s death was “determined,” Scott added.
According to case information from the county coroner, an autopsy done on Coolio on Thursday did not identify the reason or method of Coolio’s death, and additional investigation will be carried out.
Sheila Finegan, Coolio’s talent manager, said in a statement released to CNN that “We are grieved by the passing of our great friend and client.”
“He had a significant impact on the globe and will be sorely missed. Thank you to everyone who has heard his music and has contacted us about his passing from all over the world. Please keep Coolio’s family in your prayers and thoughts.
Lou Diamond Phillips, an actor, too expressed his sympathies while sharing some recollections of the artist.
“I am in utter shock. One of the friendliest, funniest persons I’ve ever met was Coolio, who was also his friend. We had a great experience working together to create Red Water in Cape Town, and we enjoyed competing against one another in the
Matt Bonner, a former NBA player, recounted his interactions with Coolio and noted that the rapper was a “big basketball enthusiast” in a tweet. A few years ago, we hosted him at a sporting event. largest audience ever during a Spurs Overtime performance.
According to a biography on his official website, Coolio was raised in Compton, California.
He remembered getting involved in the drug culture but emerging from it by pursuing a career as a firefighter in a 1994 interview with the Los Angeles Times.
He told the publication, “I wasn’t searching for a job, I was looking for a way to clean myself – a way to escape the drug situation. “I knew I had to stop because it was going to kill me. I needed discipline during my firefighting training. We exercised daily. I wasn’t engaging in my regular behavior, such as drinking or smoking. In the 1980s, he launched his rap career and rose to prominence in the underground scene. The first song that really made him famous was “Fantastic Voyage.”
His celebrity power increased dramatically after the release of “Gangsta’s Paradise,” arguably his biggest song, which was featured on the “Dangerous Minds” album. In 1996, he received a Grammy for the song.
It has persisted during the era of streaming. The song received a historic one billion views on YouTube in July 2022.
In a recent interview, he claimed that “It’s one of those kinds of melodies that spans generations.” I avoided using any fad words… I believe that it became timeless.
According to his website, Coolio sold more than 17 million records throughout his career.
For his work on the theme song for the well-liked Nickelodeon TV show “Kenan and Kel” and his contribution to the album “Dexter’s Laboratory: The Hip-Hop Experiment,” which included songs by various hip-hop artists that were inspired by the Cartoon Network animated series, Coolio has also earned a special place in the hearts of some Millennials.
Coolio took use of his status as a relic in recent years by appearing on programmes like “Celebrity Cook Off” and “Celebrity Chopped” on television.
In 2008, he also had a program called “Coolio’s Rules” air on Oxygen.